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Le Poème Harmonique / Vincent Dumestre

[ Alpha Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 27 September 2019

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Allegri's Miserere, its heartbreaking harmonies, its verses alternately chanted and ornamented, its seraphic voices: sheer Baroque magic. Since its composition in Rome in 1630, the work has constantly been transformed. Le Poème Harmonique approaches the score through the prism of its metamorphoses, the ornaments and transpositions added since the time when Mozart himself transcribed the piece, then jealously guarded by the Vatican, which punished publication of it with anathema.

From the Renaissance onwards, musicians dressed up the finest secular tunes of their time in sacred words. The most famous example of all, the Pianto della Madonna, in which Monteverdi transferred to the Virgin Mary the mournful strains of his Lamento d'Arianna, illustrates these exchanges between repertories. Similarly, his famous Sì dolce è 'l tormento is here transformed into Sì dolce è 'l martire with the help of the mysterious Virgilio Albanese. Other masters of the period, such as Rossi, Mazzocchi and Marazzoli, also adapted their works to sacred texts. With this programme, which builds on the experience of the album Nova Metamorfosi (ALPHA 039), one of Le Poème Harmonique's major triumphs, Vincent Dumestre celebrates the twentieth anniversary of his ensemble.

"This is one of the best programmes that I have encountered in recent years, both in concept and execution, and it begins with an icon of early music, Allegri's Miserere…The singers of Le Poème Harmonique are clearly accomplished virtuosos…their filigree passagework is nimble and flexible; and importantly, the sopranos never fail to sparkle…This is an album so nuanced you can almost taste it." Recording of the Month Awards Issue 2019


Miserere: Miserere mei, Deus - Gregorio Allegri
Miserere: Tibi soli peccavi - Gregorio Allegri
Miserere: Auditui meo - Gregorio Allegri
Miserere: Redde mihi laetitiam - Gregorio Allegri
Miserere: Quoniam si voluisses sacrificium - Gregorio Allegri
Un allato messagier - Luigi Rossi
Si dolce è 'l martire - Claudio Monteverdi
Domine, ne in furore tuo: - Anonymous
Domine, ne in furore tuo: - Anonymous
Domine, ne in furore tuo: - Anonymous
Breve è la vita nostra - Domenicho Mazzocchi
La comica del cielo: Sinfonia - Antonio Maria Abbatini
Chi fà: Odimi, il passo arresta - Marco Marazzoli
Chi fà che ritorni - Marco Marazzoli
Un sonno ohimè - Marco Marazzoli
Maria, quid ploras - Claudio Monteverdi
Pascha concelebranda: Pascha concelebranda - Claudio Monteverdi
Pascha concelebranda: Nunc ubi est o mors Victoria - Claudio Monteverdi

ALLEGRI & MONTEVERDI: ANAMORFOSI by Le Poème Harmonique & Vincent Dumestre